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A Fresh Start to Spring!
It is that time of the year again … spring cleaning! We all dread this annual chore, but there is no better feeling than coming home to a freshly cleaned house. Before getting started, it is important to create a realistic schedule. Keep in mind that a single weekend will likely not be enough time to clean the whole house. You may need several days to tackle the more involved projects, but remember to focus on one task at a time. To start, collect all of the cleaning supplies you will need, turn on a good playlist, and recruit other family members to help. Spring cleaning should not be a one-person job!

Living Room
The best place to start is the living room. Your family spends so much time in this room and it has collected a winter's worth of dust, dirt, and germs. Begin by tidying up all of the clutter so you actually have space to clean. Sterilite's line of weave storage is a great way to organize the odds and ends in your living room. The Short Weave Basket and Tall Weave Basket are ideal for storing toys, magazines, books, and remotes. The weave pattern offers a coordinated look and will add a fashionable touch to the living room. Now that the clutter is out of the way, the couches and chairs will need a good cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear. Remove the pillows and cushions, shake them outside, and let them air out while you carry on with the living room. Use the vacuum attachment to clean the rest of the couch. You will be surprised to find many of your missing treasures hidden underneath the cushions. Next, be sure to vacuum all of those hard to reach places that are neglected throughout the year such as behind the TV, under the furniture, and on top of the fan. You should also give the walls, door frames, and baseboards a good scrub down using soap and warm water.

Bedroom
This spring cleaning is a perfect opportunity to rid your bedroom of the "stuff" you can live without. Before you even start the cleaning, get rid of anything you have outgrown or no longer need. If you do not love it, toss it. Donate clothes that are still in good condition and trash anything that is broken or serves no purpose. Our line of Latching Boxes is perfect for organizing any part of the bedroom including the closet or under the bed. The 6 Quart Latching Box is an ideal solution for shoes, while the 64 Quart Latching Box is great for storing blankets, pillows and clothes. Wash all of the sheets, comforters and bed skirts and put your pillows outside in the fresh air for a few hours. Over time, mattresses can wear unevenly so do not forget to flip and rotate your mattress twice a year!

Kitchen
No matter the time of year, the kitchen is always in need of a thorough cleaning. This room likely demands the most attention, especially the appliances. To begin cleaning the refrigerator, remove all of the food and throw out anything that has expired. Take out the drawers and shelves and soak them in soap and warm water. This will allow you to clean all of the corners and crevices. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of water to scrub away stubborn stains in the fridge. You can also use this mixture to get rid of the grease and grime spots on your stove. Coat the area around the burners and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping clean. This will leave your stovetop sparkling and looking good as new. The final area to clean is the sink. If there is lime buildup around the faucet, lay paper towels over the fixture and soak them with vinegar. Let it set for one hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove. To prevent pets and young children from making a mess of your freshly cleaned kitchen, utilize Sterilite's 12.6 Gallon Locking StepOn Wastebasket. It is designed with a modern aesthetic and features a locking lid that will stop them from getting into the trash.

These spring cleaning tips will leave you feeling organized and accomplished. Start your cleaning now so you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Remember to stay motivated and focus on one room at a time. Before you know it, your home will feel like new!

Happy cleaning!

Weave Baskets are great for hiding clutter in the living room. They combine style and function, complimenting any décor.

Latching Boxes are perfect for all of your storage needs in the bedroom.

Sterilite's Locking Wastebaskets will ensure that pets and children do not make a mess of your freshly cleaned kitchen.
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